Please visit our Press Releases Page to see how BCMA has been represented in the
local Press and in other publications.
Watch out - car spare wheel thefts about!
A Bromley Childminder warns us about thieves stealing car spare wheels. Download
her letter here Watch out!
Child Not in School? Are you aware of a child who is of compulsory school age but
is not attending school? You can now download a form to complete and return to the
Education Welfare Service with the details of the child and any additional details
you may know. This form has been approved by the Bromley Safe Guarding Board and
has been introduced as a result of a recommendation of the Laming report.
If you have any concerns regarding a child attending school please contact the Education
Department at the Civic Centre Notification Form
NEWS ITEM PUBLISHED 29 APRIL 2008 New Childcare Registers
This week Ofsted have written to all Childminders regarding the new registers.
These letters explain the registers and the changes which will occur on 1 September
2008. In the letters the Childminder is given a proposal, this is Ofsted's view of
what register(s) they should appear on in accordance with the new law.
The Childminder can use the reply slip which is attached to the letter to let ofsted
know if they don’t agree with their proposal.
NEWS ITEM PUBLISHED 13 MAY 2008 Bromley Safeguarding Thresholds Guidance This guidance
has been developed and endorsed by the Bromley Safeguarding Children Board . It supports
the rollout of the Common Assessment Framework (CAF), which was launched in Bromley in
January 2008. The document gives guidance on what to do when you have concerns about
a child or young person: when you should carry out or consider carrying out a CAF
assessment and when you should make or consider making a referral to Children's Social
Care. It is designed to help develop a common understanding and agreement on thresholds
between workers from different services. Download Guidance Document
NEWS ITEM PUBLISHED 16 MAY 2008 Their Reading Futures
2008 is the year of reading. 'Their reading futures', a website resource for libraries
has recently been redesigned. It contains some useful hints and tips on group storytelling,
book recommendations and how to encourage an interest in books.
With the introduction of the Early Years Foundation Stage in September 2008, resources
from this site will support childminders to deliver the Learning and Development
of 'Communication, Language and Literacy' in particular the Reading aspect
NEWS ITEM PUBLISHED 16 MAY 2008 Ofsted Figures - Bromley remains well above average Ofsted
have published the latest figures for inspections of Childminders in the Borough. Once
again it demonstrates the high quality of care and education provided by the Childminders
in the Borough.
32 Childminders have now been graded as 'Outstanding' Nearly 70% of all inspected
were graded 'Good' or 'Outstanding' . This puts Bromley well above the National Average
NEWS ITEM PUBLISHED 19 MAY 2008 Revised version of EYFS published 19 May The Early
Years Foundation Stage has now been reprinted and the Welfare Requirements have been
amended. A copy of the new booklets can be downloaded from http://www.teachernet.gov.uk/teachingandlearning/EYFS/ along with a table of all the changes to the Welfare Requirements.
The main change is to medication and the administration of non prescription medication.
“Medicines should not usually be administered unless they have been prescribed for
that child by a doctor, dentist, nurse or pharmacist. Non-prescription medication
e.g. pain and fever relief or teething gel may be administered, but only with the
prior written consent of the parent and only when there is a health reason to do
so. A child under 16 should never be given medicines containing aspirin unless it
has been prescribed for that child by a doctor. It is for the provider to arrange
who should administer medicines, either on a voluntary basis or as part of a contract
We will be looking at all the changes and amending the EYFS pages if required.
NEWS ITEM PUBLISHED 21 MAY 2008 Who Do We Think We Are? Week - June 23-28 Find out
how to take part in this new initiative designed to help primary and secondary schools
explore identity, diversity and citizenship. The website contains lots of resources
and links to other useful websites.
This FREE pack
for early years teaching includes eight glossy posters and an activity booklet. The
activities focus on four key topics and link with the Foundation Stage curriculum.
The topics covered are: The Water Cycle Water Conservation Water Safety Water in Other
Countries The posters include useful questions to encourage thoughtful discussions,
and the booklet gives lots of fun and interactive exercises
Who do we think we are is a great source of information to support the Every Child
Matters Outcome 'Making a Positive Contribution' and links to the Early Years Foundation
Stage, Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Sense of Community and the Statutory
Welfare Requirements, Equality of Opportunities. www.wdwtwa.org.uk
NEWS ITEM PUBLISHED 21 MAY 2008 Help children learn about safety while they enjoy
a fun interactive game of building their own play space. Produced by the Department
for Children, Schools and Families it enables children to be involved in the Governments
Play Strategy Consultation. Links to the Every Child Matters outcomes, Staying Safe
and Making a Positive Contribution. www.dcsf.gov.uk/playspace/
NEWS ITEM PUBLISHED 22 MAY 2008 UPDATED 5 JUNE 2008 EYFS ratios for minding four and
five year olds It has been brought to our attention that there is an issue regarding
ratios with the new EYFS Welfare Requirements.
The Appendix reads: Each childminder may care for: "a maximum of six children under
the age of eight; of these six children, a maximum of three may be young children,
however where four- and five-year-old children only attend the childminding setting
before and/or after a normal school day, they may be classed as children over the
age of five for the purposes of the adult:child ratio”
However, this poses a dilemma during school holidays when the children will not be
cared for just before and after school. Currently Ofsted are stating that the children
would revert back to the lower age ratio and childminders would need to apply for
We emailed Ofsted and DfCSF requesting some clarification on the matter.
us the following response: “This particular section of the EYFS is currently under
consultation with the Department of Children Schools and Families, and will hopefully
be resolved before the EYFS is re-published.”
UPDATE 5 JUNE 2008
DfCSF have responded as follows:
“... where four and five year olds attend school full-time and only attend the childminding
setting before and after the school day, they can be counted as children over the
age of five for the purposes of the ratio requirements.
These children may also be counted as children over the age of five during the school
We are pleased that this situation has now been clarified
NEWS ITEM PUBLISHED 5 JUNE 2008 With this year being the year of reading I CAN have
produced a communication cookbook that will be available FREE of charge from July.
Five essential ingredients for children's communication skills are described in I
CAN's Communication Cookbook, which is available for free.
The Communication Cookbook contains activities to support children's language and
communication and was developed by the children's charity I CAN and the BT Better
World Campaign. It focuses on five essential ingredients: Attention and Listening,
Vocabulary, Building Sentences, Story Telling and Conversations.
The Cookbook will be published in July 2008. There are also downloadable PDFs of
the activities in the Cookbook on the I CAN site, and online games such as 'Add an
adjective' and 'The stinky wood'.
NEWS ITEM PUBLISHED 8 JUNE 2008 Consultation The HM Treasury and HM Revenue & Customs,
have released a discussion paper on Tax credits: Improving Delivery and Choice and
are inviting responses.
The discussion paper identifies a number of options that may improve the delivery
of the childcare element of Working Tax Credits. These include making payments directly
to the childcare provider, and aligning payments with the school year.
NEWS ITEM PUBLISHED 8 JUNE 2008 Read Ofsted’s Latest Newsletter
From this link you can view or print Ofsted’s latest newsletter http://ofstednews.ofsted.gov.uk
NEWS ITEM PUBLISHED 8 JUNE 2008 Outcome of the consultation on inspecting provision
in the Early Years Foundation Stage from September 2008 “We consulted with the sector
about a number of proposals underpinning our inspection of the Early Years Foundation
Stage. In the consultation document we outlined our proposals for the inspection
of early years provision from September 2008 in response to changes introduced by
the Childcare Act 2006. We asked for views on a number of aspects specifically relating
to the inspection of early years settings. “ Ofsted visit Ofsted’s website to find
NEWS ITEM PUBLISHED 17 JUNE 2008
Forms and guidance from Ofsted Please see the following links from the Ofsted web
NEWS ITEM PUBLISHED 20 JUNE 2008 Minister responds to concerns on childcare registration
fees In response to comments from the childcare sector, increases in registration
fees for child care providers are to be introduced gradually, and in small increments
over the next three years, and a new system of fee banding introduced from September
2008. Read the full article on the DfCSF website.
NEWS ITEM PUBLISHED 21 JUNE 2008 Early Years Foundation Stage - It’s child’s play! This
new leaflet is aimed at Early Years practitioners. It includes case studies on a
Montessori nursery and a childminder, and a scrap book of photos demonstrating the
EYFS in action. Visit the website to download or order a free copy
NEWS ITEM PUBLISHED 7 JULY 2008 NEW Forms and guidance from Ofsted Are you ready for
your inspection? A guide to inspections of provision on Ofsted's Childcare and Early
Years Registers (for inspections from 1 September 2008)
BCMA will be looking closely at this publication and providing further support and
guidance on this website as appropriate.
NEWS ITEM PUBLISHED 9 JULY 2008 NCMA has published Early Years Foundation Stage Getting
The publication, which has been developed by NCMA, is being mailed to every registered
childminder in England, and provides information and reassurance to childminders
about the transfer to the Early Years Foundation Stage in September 2008.
In particular, NCMA has listened to its members – and the wider childminding community
– and addressed elements which some childminders are viewing with trepidation, such
as requirements for observation and planning, and illustrated how childminders' existing
work can help to meet these.
The publication was also field tested with a number of registered childminders with
a wide range of experience to ensure the publication provides practical, useful information
to childminders making preparations for the introduction of the EYFS in September
It is anticipated that the publication will reach all childminders by mid-July, but
please be aware that not all childminders will receive the mailing on the same day.
Jane Cole was our keynote speaker again this year.
Last year Jane was a great inspiration to the childminders who listened to her introduction
the Early Years Foundation Stage. This year her focus was on ‘capturing the moment’
- Looking at how childminders can effectively record their observations. Once again
a certificate of attendance was given to all delegates.
Please do consider becoming involved in the work of BCMA. We are a small committee,
but we are making a great difference to childminding both in Bromley and Nationally.
Why not join us? Contact BCMA to offer to help
NEWS ITEM PUBLISHED 19 JULY 2008 Early years self-evaluation form and guidance from
Ofsted Ofsted has recently provided a further update on their website.
This page has a version of the early years self-evaluation form (SEF) to complete
by hand and guidance to help you.
BCMA will be looking closely at SEF and providing further support and guidance on
this website as appropriate.
NEWS ITEM PUBLISHED 10 August 2008 Using the early years evaluation schedule: Guidance
for inspectors of registered early years settings required to deliver the Early Years
The purpose of this document is to set out the early years evaluation schedule which
shows what inspectors must evaluate and report on when inspecting early years settings
required to deliver the EYFS, and give guidance for inspectors on what to take into
account when making the judgements set out in the evaluation schedule.
Archive News 2008 (2) - Local and National Childcare News
NEWS ITEM PUBLISHED 29 September 2008 Ofsted Newsletter - September 2008
The start of September is always a busy time and the last couple of weeks have been
no exception at Ofsted. The launch of the new Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
has been a particularly important development. In this issue we take a closer look
at a nursery in Newcastle to see how it prepared for the EYFS...
Imagine is the UK ’s brightest and best children’s literature festival. Stories,
poetry, music and magic are at the heart of Imagine, a brilliant week of performances
for children at Southbank Centre. Hear top children's authors read from their work
and then meet them after the shows. Check out the
best in stand-up comedy and storytelling. Featuring Carol Ann Duffy,
Brian Patten, James Campbell, Cathy Cassidy, Paul Kieve, Jan Blake
and many more! There are free performances, workshops and
exhibitions for children.
NEWS ITEM PUBLISHED 24 January 2009
The BCMA website has a new Webmaster. Becky Hodgman, daughter of Web Writer Liz Hodgman
has taken over the website from Grant Klopper, we would like to thank him for his
work over the last few months. Becky is currently studying Media and is looking forward
to developing the website and her IT skills. Please bear with us, while Becky gets
to grips with the software.